Archive - Obituary
September 29th, 2011
Heaven became a little brighter Sept. 18.
Mary Alice Atkins, 90, formerly of Halsey, died Sept. 18, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Mary Alice was born July 12, 1921, at Callaway, to Walter and Maude Manion Brittan. She graduated from Arnold High School in 1939.
In 1942, she married Roy Atkins. They farmed near Arnold until buying a ranch near Halsey and moving to the Sandhills in 1951, to ranch, farm, raise a family, and enjoy the "good life."
Walter E. (Walt) Mannel passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at the Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow. He was 86 years of age.
Walt was born Oct. 24, 1924, in the same house he resided in until his retirement to a house in Broken Bow in the 1990s. Walt spent his life farming and raising cattle near Victoria Creek in northern Custer County.
Irdell Dona Chase, 88, of Lexington, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Lexington Regional Health Center.
Irdell was born Dona Irdell, to Raphael and Amanda (Schmidt) Chartraw, near Cat Creek in Custer County, on the family farm. Irdell graduated from Mason City High School in 1940.
She took Normal Training after high school. Her first teaching job was northwest of Broken Bow and her last two years of teaching was north of Cat Creek.
Duane E. Hall, 74 of Brewster, passed away Sept. 24, 2011, en route to Kearney by Life Flight.
Duane was born April 17, 1937, to Loren and Lois (Sellers) Hall, in Wellfleet, at the family home. He was the eldest of two sons.
Duane graduated from Maxwell High School in 1955. He was Valedictorian of his class. He furthered his education at the Grand Island School of Business.
April 8, 1962, Duane was married to Lula Waine "Luane" Grandley, until her death Aug. 19, 1995. They have one son, Brian W. Hall.
Ivan Cool passed away peacefully after a long illness Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at his home in Pismo Beach.
He was born in Broken Bow, in 1922, and grew up on the family farm, which his grandfather had homesteaded in the 1880s. In 1939, Ivan went to California to attend Glendale Junior College, where he met his bride-to-be, Eleanor Berrier. They married in 1942, and as the U.S. had entered World War II, he soon enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force.
Alvin Gustav Sundell, 86, of Wakefield, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield with Pastor Darwin Garton officiating.
A Masonic and Eastern Star service was held at 7 p.m. Burial was in the Wakefield Cemetery, with Military honors presented by the Wakefield American Legion Post 81
John Clayton Spencer died peacefully as a result of a brain tumor in his home in Queen Valley, Ariz., Sept. 18, 2011. John, age 67, was born to William Clayton and Leona (Eichelberger) Spencer, June 24, 1944. He lived his early years on the family ranch near Brownlee, and he graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1962.
He served two years with the US Army in Germany as a combat engineer during the Viet Nam War. In 1971, he married Beverly Kabel. They had one daughter.
Jolene M. Olson, 63 of Gothenburg, passed away Sept. 15, 2011, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
She was born Sept. 14, 1948, to Aaron and Freda (Pitkin) Lindstedt. She was the oldest of three children.
She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1967. She was united in marriage to Donald D. Olson Nov. 4, 1967, at Tallin Church. They were married for 43 years, and to this union they had four children; Aaron, Collene, Tami and Dustin.
Jolene loved sewing, crafts, music and the animals on her farm. She especially loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Graveside services for Emanuel 'Toby' Hosek will be Sept. 23, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Geranium Cemetery.
Emanuel (Toby) Hosek, 85, of Sargent, died Aug. 1, 2011, at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, Colo. He was born April 19, 1926, in Sargent, to Joseph and Agnes (Hejsek) Hosek
Toby is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Joseph, Emil, Anne, and Mary Hosek, Agnes Hollingsworth, and Emma McGahan
Darb Ahrens left her failing earthly body and assumed her incorruptible heavenly body the afternoon of Sept. 10, 2011. As her immediate family surrounded her bed, held her hands, stroked her forehead and softly sang her favorite hymns, Darb quietly passed from this earth and into heaven with dignity and grace.
Mina Darlene Ahrens (Spencer) was born April 28, 1929, and was the eighth of 11 surviving children of Ralph and Elsie Spencer of Weissert. Darb was raised on the Spencer homestead farm near Weissert, where she attended school and the Church of God.